Helene started out with a BA in Economics, spent a large part of her career in London and has a background in television, nutrition, marketing, events and project management. She thrives on multitasking and enjoys the challenge of delivering projects in the not-for-profit space where resources are scarce and the sense of community is a key driver. Helene believes in actively seeking to partner with organisations from a wide range of sectors to encourage an innovative and inclusive culture to the mutual benefit of all. Helene started as a volunteer at Spectrum Space in 2015, before becoming a permanent staff member in August 2017.
Amy has over ten years combined experience working in emergency services across Tasmania and her new home of Western Australia, with a growing passion for wanting to better help her community inspiring further study and completion of a Master of Social Work degree. Following this, Amy found employment as a group facilitator within a residential-based behaviour change program to support those wishing to commit to a life free from violence. Following the birth of her first child and a small stint away from work – Amy was drawn back into the employment sector after seeing the role of Operations Manager at Spectrum Space advertised and believing it was the perfect fit for her. Amy is kept very busy with her baby outside of work, but otherwise enjoys camping, music, escape rooms and eating out.
Ana Palacios has a background in the contemporary arts and after receiving an adult diagnoses of autism, she realised her art practice had emerged as a positive adaptation to the challenges of being neurodiverse. Starting at Spectrum Space as a volunteer in 2017, Ana began working as a visual arts facilitator before expanding her role further. She now mainly concentrates on peer work, development of positive identity, as well as development and facilitation of training and educational courses.
Chris started at Spectrum Space as a volunteer in July 2018 and joined our staff team in October that same year. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Major Human Services) from Edith Cowan University and is currently working towards a postgraduate Diploma in Social Work. Chris wholeheartedly endorses the strengths-based approach as best practice for supporting and working alongside Spectrum Space participants.
Phillip is a screen media graduate who started his journey at Spectrum Space in 2016 as a volunteer for our Step Into Social documentary project. After several years working as a Barista, Phillip has transitioned into our office while running small video projects on the side. He oversaw the completion of the Youth Empowerment Project and now runs the Spectrum Space office, coordinating social groups and dealing with all day-to-day enquiries. He is also a massive music fan, enjoys playing drums and keeping fit by practicing Taekwondo. Phillip supports the strengths based philosophy that Spectrum Space promotes and enjoys seeing our participants discover and unlock their talents through interacting with our programs.
Sandhya has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2013. She started with Spectrum Space as a volunteer and now runs social groups. Sandhya has finished her Masters in Counselling and is a registered counsellor. Since then she started running the Street Smart Life Smart workshop with the aim of creating a safe space to allow participants to address personal and social issues without feeling judged. She also works closely with the Youth Advisory Council. Sandhya takes personal pleasure in guiding Spectrum Space participants and monitoring their personal growth.
Scott joined Spectrum Space in July 2013 and manages all IT related matters such as the website, social media, newsletters and membership. He also assists with event management and administration duties.
Scott sits on the board as Webmaster of WAADF (WA Autism Diagnosticians’ Forum) since 2012. After 9 long years with WAADF, Scott is stepping down from his role, though he is continuing to support WAADF until a replacement can be found.
Scott grew up with autism and previously worked almost 10 years in a library. He has studied his Certificate 3 and 4 in IT, and enjoys snooker, reading, movies and supports the West Coast Eagles.
In 2017 Scott was a semi-finalist for the Western Australian Young Achiever Awards in the Community Service and Volunteering Award category.